What “no comment” really means

- July 18th, 2012

Who, me, comment?

It means, “Oh please, let’s not publish how much I’m making…” Yes, I’m sure it could be embarrassing for some people.

Several First Nations chiefs gathered for an Assembly of First Nations (AFN) meeting were mum when questioned about reports on a former Newfoundland Innu Chief who collected a salary of more than $600,000.

Innu community members of Natuashish and Sheshatshui have expressed outrage in recent days because Paul Rich, former CEO of Innu Development Limited Partnership (IDLP), was paid $658,847 in 2011. He also made more than $1 million over the last two years as CEO.

The IDLP was established to spark community business and developments. Community members held a weekend protest outside IDLP office to demand transparency.

But First Nations chiefs gathered in Toronto to name the next national chief of the AFN would not comment Tuesday on Rich’s salary or on the community’s anger.

The leaders also suggested financial accountability stories perpetuate false stereotypes about First Nations.

Ah, yes. I see. It’s our fault again.

p.s. more on this story, here.

Categories: Aboriginals

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